1977 ***** 93 mins.
I am ashamed to admit that I did not love this film the first time I saw it, especially given the fact that I am a huge Woody Allen fan. I guess I was young and did not understand some of the humor in it. When I watched it a second time a couple years later, I completely fell in love with it. It's smart, sharp, funny, witty, creative, ingenious, artistic, swift, fun, brisk, poignant, beautiful, outlandish, and realistic, all at the same time. In fact, the same day I watched it a second time, I immediately watched it a third time. The characters are incredibly vivid and realistic. I have the life philosophy of Alvy, the main character, in that death is inevitable, and that life is really divided into the horrible and the miserable. I now really want to see The Sorrow and the Pity, a four-hour-long documentary on Nazis, thanks to this film. This film really struck a chord with me. This is truly Allen at his best.
The story centers around Alvy Singer (Allen), a pessimistic 40-year-old who meets and falls in love with Annie Hall (Keaton, whose real last name is Hall). Their relationship rises and falls, bearing a lot of truthful elements. Annie Hall is a true masterwork of filmmaking for any era, and I seriously doubt Woody Allen could ever top it.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated PG; contains sexual situations and drug use; not recommended for younger audiences.
Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman